The Recess Queen activities & lesson ideas for your kindergarten and first grade classrooms.
Reading aloud to students is an important component of balanced literacy. During read alouds, the teachers are doing all of the decoding work which frees students up to do all of the thinking work. Students are able to focus all of their attention on enjoying the story and comprehending the text. Providing the students with opportunities to discuss the text with others and write about it are key components of reading comprehension for this these Recess Queen activities.
Recess Queen Reading Response Pages
After reading the text, we give students the opportunity to discuss and respond in this Recess Queen activity. Here are some first-grade examples. Keep in mind that the responses will look different in kindergarten, but all students can be successful. Early in the school year, most kindergarten students will convey meaning through illustrations.
I think Mean Jean is going to be mean.
I think that Mean Jean will be mean to Katie Sue.
I think Katie Sue will not listen to Mean Jean.
She is going to feel scared.
I think that Mean Jean was mean because she wanted her way.
I think that Jean wanted to get her way.
I think Mean Jean is mean because she wants her way.
For this anchor chart the students came up with the phrases that described Katie Sue, then they had to provide evidence from the text to support their answers. The writing on the blue notes are their answers and the writing on the yellow is the evidence from the text. We also did some vocabulary work by using words that describe the size of Katie Sue, we recorded these words on green.
For Mean Jean the kids used phrases to describe her at the beginning and end of the text (purple) and they had to provide evidence from the text to support their answers (orange).
You can find these reading response pages for this Recess Queen activity by clicking HERE.
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